From Mid May-November 10th, pull up any weekend Fri-Sun 10-6 to look at the herd Over the fence and shop in our self serve farm store.
**Please note, The Farm will CLose on November 10th this year. We will be having a special all day open house, see details below...
FREE GOAT 101 CLASS & FARM VISITING ALL FRIDAY!
FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON AT SUNFLOWER FARM!
Come try milking: 10-11
Want to see how Hooves are clipped? 12-1
Cheese Kitchen Chat, come talk about our process 2-3
Or come anytime 10-7 to sign the petition and visit the goats.
Hi All! So the good news is there are more registered voters in Cumberland this year and we got about 400 signatures to kick off the petition last night! Also what fun to chat with everybody! But we do need to collect about 200 more signatures to get the 10% needed to bring the idea of farms being permitted to have events to a town vote. That is just 20 groups of 10, so why not replace Friday happy hour with a farm visit...and bring 9 Cumberland friends along!
I went to milking the goats every other day during the power outage all last week and they are resisting amping back up for our final weekend, so we have limited products, but will have some of the first ever yogurt for people who want to try (it is heavenly!) and also some fudge while it lasts. And when all that runs out, come chat about goats and pet the herd. We will be cleaning stalls and clipping hooves and giving shots so you can learn Goat basics 101 for free if you are interested in hanging around and asking questions about any of that.
We would love to wrap up the petition all in one day, so if you have friends who are Cumberland voters, bring them by! If you have never been to the farm and live in town, this is a wonderful time to swing by and find it so that when spring kids come you know where to find them for snuggles!
SELF SERVE CHEESE SHOP OPEN FRIDAY-SUNDAY 10-6 Mid May-November Our last official Goat kid snuggling hours will be this Sat. May 13th from 1-3. Then we transition to the cheese season! Starting on May 19th please feel free to drive up on weekends to shop in the self serve shop and to look at the goats over the fence. Please note, we want to keep the farm open to visitors, but can only do so if people do their best to visit during posted hours so that we still have time to make cheese and take care of the animals.
APRIL-MAY KID VISITING
Can’t make it in person? Check out all the action on the 24/7 SUNFLOWER FARM BARN CAM on our website. Being repaired after puppy ate the cable. :)
Visitors of all ages are welcome! So far our oldest visitor was 99!
Planning to visit the Kids During Our Spring Open Farm Hours?
Visiting goat kids in the spring is free, but donations to the farm are welcome and used to support our no cull farming approach, barn cam and visiting hours. Please talk to your kids about these important expectations before your visit so that they have the best time at the farm possible and we can continue to invite visitors.
•Do not open any gates or go into any pens unless you are greeted by a member of the Hall family. •Please park only on one side of road and driveway so that neighbors can get through. We are up Harmon Way to the left, the road beyond the fork is private. •If you decide to take little ones into the goat yard, we have one goat named Greta who occasionally headbutts little kids. She looks like a zebra and is just a little shy, so if kids can keep an eye on her and treat her extra kindly that would be great •Goats have no top teeth, but sharp molars, so avoid putting your hands in the goat's mouths.
•We ask anyone in the pasture to walk super slowly and take a seat to visit goats that approach you. Many of them are due to kid and we want to be sure they are not stressed out by anyone chasing them.
•Please leave all dogs at home. They are goat's biggest predator and even small ones can scare the herd.
•For the safety of our herd, please do not enter pens with boots or shoes that have been to another farm. •There seems to be a growing number of ticks in Maine, please check yourself for any ticks after sitting in the field (just in case). •A growing number of people have been arriving each spring to snuggle the babies which we love, but to keep it from getting too nutty in the barn, we encourage each person to take one turn holding a kid each visit and then to head out to see the bigger goats so there is plenty of room in the barn for people waiting a turn.
THANKS, HAPPY SPRING and see you soon!